• Governor to consider springs restoration money

    Millions of dollars could be funneled toward springs protection and restoration projects in the state if approved by the governor later this year.

    Anne Shortelle, executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District, said in a meeting last week that SRWMD alone had submitted about $15 million worth of proposals for springs projects upon a recent request by Gov. Rick Scott.

    The projects, tentative at this point, will be presented as a first-ever line item for springs restoration in the governor’s budget.

  • All not sold on aquifer recharge plan

    State water managers are moving forward with a project they say could help replenish dwindling portions of the Upper Floridan Aquifer, though others are questioning the logic behind the move.

  • A bad day fishing in Cedar Key is better than a good day at work

    When friends from several cities want to get together and have fun, there’s nothing better than a day spent fishing with a Cedar Key charter guide. And you get to take dinner home too. This group went out with Jim Keith and Jimbo Keith and came home with their limit. They also had to practice their “catch and release” technique with the other fish they hooked.

  • Windblown fish

    Capt’n. Danny Allen is taking this week off to do a little fishing. He got some time to go out last week with Mr. Ron of Colorado, pictured. The Capt’n. and Mr. Ron caught 15 knots of wind out of the Northeast with no water clarity. But, hey, they killed it for four hours, and boated eight reds and eight legal trout. These two specklers were 21.5 inches and another four were 19.75 inches. 

    It was a heck of a day for the conditions, said Capt’n Danny. Good work Ron...

  • Good fishing follows great festival


  • Refuge classroom celebrates opening with birds of prey

    To celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week 2012, the Lower Suwannee NWR had several events throughout the week.  The celebratory ribbon cutting for the grand opening of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge classroom was anticlimactic compared to the exciting events for the remainder of the day.

  • September was a good fishing month

    Hello everyone. September is down in the books – it was a fine month for fishing and or just simply being in Cedar Key, Florida.

  • In-shore, off-shore fishing condition improves as it cools

    By Capt. Brylee

    Special to the Beacon

  • FWC makes it easier for Florida veterans

    Florida veterans wishing to enter the commercial fishing industry may soon be able to do so more easily thanks to changes made at the Sept. 5-6 Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) meeting in Tampa.

    These changes are anticipated to take effect on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2012.

    The Commission implemented a new program that will modify income requirements for Florida veterans seeking a commercial restricted species endorsement license.

  • Trophy bass tagging study already revealing

    Trophy bass tagging study already revealing

    This past spring, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists tagged 136 trophy largemouth bass greater than eight pounds in Florida’s public waters. Each trophy bass had a yellow plastic dart tag inserted into the back of the fish just below the dorsal (back) fin.

    Each tag has a unique number that identifies a monetary reward value and information on how to report catches.